Pluto retrograde brings an intensely high degree of concentration and gives greater insight into the subconscious. Because of this intensity, you will be able to see much more than normally possible and it is easy to become suspicious of the motives of others. Powers of regeneration are far greater and there is a tremendous ability to overcome major illnesses that might otherwise cause permanent disability. You will feel pressured to eliminate and release old, outworn, outdated and obsolete ideals in life. Much like an internal spring clean you will let go of attitudes, thinking or communication patterns, security drives, and rigid emotions that no longer serve you.
This retrograde brings an intense power for investigation which makes it is a good time to research the soul in order to determine exactly what you do or do not need. It is a time to assess what reoccurring patterns in life make you feel out of control, where and why you continually give your power away, and under what circumstances you react so defensively that you come under attack from others. As an internal reflection Pluto retrograde marks a time to seek greater control over your personal life rather than the external world.
Pluto retrograde is an opportune time to seek some form of regenerative activity such as internal cleansing, detoxifying diets etc to get more in touch with the inner self. This alignment brings deep reflective thoughts, it forces an inward view to concentrate on your personal shadow sides such as the unpleasant parts of your personality that you may not really like. You will be forced to get honest with yourself regarding power and desires and how much you are motivated by a need for recognition, money or authority.
With this transit focusing on the darker side of your nature this period of personal reckoning brings a transformation which allows for a purging of the traits you dislike in order for you to improve them and grow through experiences. This can sometimes be unnerving, because the transformations you undergo under the influence of Pluto retrograde tend to require a complete breakdown of the old ways and ideas before you can move forward again.
Pluto retrograde remains for 6 months and this psychological process often has a feeling of meltdown or “lost in the dark,” not knowing what you are to become or what life will be like when you emerge. This calls for a deep trust in the ways of nature and in yourself. If you learn to let go of control, allow change to pass through your life and trust your process, what’s left will be essential and true having removed everything that you didn’t really need.